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It is your choice

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By JE Bolton

A former United States President once said, “Always remember others may hate you, but those who hate you don't win unless you hate them. And then you destroy yourself.”

Before you answer the following question, keep in mind that none of us wear halos and angel wings, so by all means, be at liberty to answer honestly. Have you ever hated someone, or do you hate someone right now as we speak?

We’ve all done this.

I don’t care who you are.

Whether you’re the most faithful Christian or the biggest atheist or agnostic, the truth is we’ve all hated someone. There are those who’d rather not talk about the people they hate due to refraining from drudging up a bitter past, while others would never admit to have hated someone because it keeps them in God’s good graces.

As for me, I’ll be the first to tell you that I used to hate people. I remember when I’d sing in the church choir like I was about ready to fly away. Yet, I still had hate in my heart toward those people that did me wrong in my entire life. In fact, I used to hate my enemies on various levels; from the simple, “I hope he or she blows a tire on the way home,” to even going so far as to obsess and secretly wish for their untimely demise.

Hating someone does nothing more than deny you real happiness. It goes beyond your spiritual well-being. It affects both your mental wellness and overall health. To shut off the hate button, you have to choose to not hate someone rather than to wait until you feel like it. If you do, you may never obtain peace of mind.

We need to replace all the hate with wonderful things around us: the anticipation of cool Autumn weather; getting together with family, friends and your church family for homecomings and various fall festivals; and never taking for granted all the blessings we’ve been given.

Remember, dear readers, never allow hate to overcome you.

It’s nothing more than a disease. Let those who’ve hurt you go, because no one person‘s worth that. Turn prisons of hate into houses of love.

And when you do, you’ll see that when you finally stop hating it’s then that you’ll wonder why you didn’t do it sooner.